Sumitomo installs fibre optic condition monitoring on Samos Steamship newbuilds

Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering (SHI-ME) in Japan has agreed a deal to install the SENSFIB Structural Health Monitoring system from Light Structures on a third crude oil tanker newbuild for Greek ship management company Samos Steamship, one of a series of 115,000 dwt Aframax vessels under construction at the yard.

Light Structures, a supplier of fibre optic condition monitoring systems for maritime, has already installed the technology on the first two Samos Steamship vessels in the series, both of which are due for delivery in Q2 2023 and Q3 2023.

The SENSFIB system will provide predictive real-time data on board so that the crew can act to reduce the impact of dynamic forces such as whipping, slamming and shearing while underway.

The application will also help in optimising asset lifecycle maintenance costs by providing a data source for SHI-ME’s in house vessel health monitoring platform, AVEDASTM (Automatic Voyage and Engine Data Acquisition System).

“The SENSFIB system will contribute to safety in extreme weather and high seas as well as providing long-term data that will help us to ensure that these vessels are always structurally healthy and operating within their design tolerances,” said Yoshinori Tagaya, Senior Engineer, SHI-ME.

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